Citizen Kane, Orson Welles’ 1941 directorial debut, frequently tops shortlists of the greatest films of all time. Why? It could be the powerhouse performance by Welles, the film’s visual and stylistic innovations, or its narrative daring. Or it could be the many ways in which the word “Kane” is spoken in the film, as this supercut by Duncan Robson explores.
Kane! Kane. Kane. The semantic satiation effect is strong. Why does this exist? Will “getting Kane’d” be the next rickroll? These are the questions to ponder as you dive into the pitiless abysm of a million YouTube mashups in search of elusive and perhaps ultimately trivial meaning. Truly, this supercut is the Rosebud of Citizen Kane supercuts.